JUNIOR EUROPEANS 2017: PREVIEW

Junior European Judo Championships 2017 in Maribor
The 2017 Junior European Judo Championships will take place in Maribor, Slovenia, with over 400 athletes from 41 nations competing during the upcoming weekend.

Who would have thought that 2016 Junior European Champion, Nemanja MAJDOV (SRB) is going to celebrate his Senior World Champion a year later? Thus, who are there to keep an eye on for this weekend?

  • Eteri LIPARTELIANI (GEO)Photographer: Carlos Ferreira
  • Mzia BEBOSHVILI (GEO)Photographer: Carlos Ferreira
  • Jovana OBRADOVICPhotographer: Carlos Ferreira

Ladies first. Chelsie GILES (GBR) showed an incredible entry this year amongst the senior group defeating multiply IJF medallist, Gili COHEN (ISR) as part of her debut. Giles will be competing in the -52 kg category. A weight division above, in the -57 kg category, it will be interesting focus on the Georgian duet as the girls are still in the progress of development, yet a very important one, especially since the introduction of the Mixed Team Event at the Olympic Games. The duet is made of Mzia BEBOSHVILI (GEO) and Eteri LIPARTELIANI (GEO). The OBRADOVIC sisters, Anja and Jovana, both been around for a while and succeeded at the majority of the events. This weekend, the pair of them will challenge all in the -63 kg category. Those who can challenge them could be Lubjana PIOVESANA (GBR), Sanne VERMEER (NED) and Andreja LESKI (SLO). Aleksandra SMARDZIC (BIH) could easily be in charge of the winning spot in the -70 kg category and a very similar situation for Klara APOTEKAR (SLO) in the -78 kg category. 

As per the male part of the event, the prediction is a little tougher since almost in every weight division there will be remarkable outcome. The Italian team is heading with their tops to Maribor, including Manuel LOMBARDO, who has taken the driving seat of the -66 kg category. Undoubtedly, Georgia and Russia will be on route to try and occupy the majority of the final blocks. Nevertheless, the show will truly switch on when current Senior European Champion, Hidayat HEYDAROV (AZE) enters the arena to test all -73 kg contenders. Toni MILETIC (BIH) is yet another extremely talented up and coming athlete who trained at several OTCs this year as part of his preparation for this weekend. Those of you who watched the recent World Judo Championships, saw Stephan HEGYI (AUT) defeating Rio 2016 Olympic Silver medallist, Hisayoshi HARASAWA (JPN). Hegyi is back in action this weekend to win the +100 kg category in Maribor.


Time Schedule

Thursday

14th September

Draw 16:00 (Live on Facebook)

Friday

15th September

Women: -44 / -48 / -52 / -57 kg

Men: -55 / -60 /-66 / -73 kg

10:00 Start Preliminary Round

16:30 Final Block

Saturday

16th September

Women: -63 / -70 / -78 / +78 kg

Men: -81 / -90 / -100 / +100 kg

10:30 Start Preliminary Round

15:30 Team Draw (Live on Facebook)

16:00 Final Block

Sunday, 17th September Team event

11:00 Start Preliminary Round

15:30 Final Block


Hashtag: #JudoMaribor2017

Live Stream: www.eju.net

Events


News

FRENCH WOMEN REGAIN JUNIOR TEAM TITILE

09/17/2017 | 09:00 pm | in
FRENCH WOMEN REGAIN JUNIOR TEAM TITILE France’s young guns made a storming return to the top spot by taking the gold medal in the team event on the final day of the Junior European Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. Beginning with a 5-0 drubbing of Hungary, the French then had... Read more

AZERBAIJAN DOWN GEORGIA TO CAPTURE JUNIOR TEAM TITLE FOR THE FIRST TIME

09/17/2017 | 09:00 pm | in
AZERBAIJAN DOWN GEORGIA TO CAPTURE JUNIOR TEAM TITLE FOR THE FIRST TIME The final day of competition saw Azerbaijan take the gold medal in the team event at the Junior European Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. By defeating reigning champions Georgia by a score of 3-2 in the final, the Azeri team will have gained... Read more

UNTOUCHABLE TASOEV CAPTURES JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CROWN

09/16/2017 | 08:04 pm | in
UNTOUCHABLE TASOEV CAPTURES JUNIOR HEAVYWEIGHT CROWN The final day of individual competition at the Junior European Championships in Maribor saw 19-year old Inal TASOEV (RUS) in total control of the +100kg category. Tasoev won each of his four contests by ippon, collecting five waza ari along the... Read more

FLASH QUOTES DAY 2

09/16/2017 | 08:04 pm | in
FLASH QUOTES DAY 2 The judoka of Russia won 9 medals,  one of each color  and stand as serious contenders for winning first place in this year's event. Azerbaijan won three gold medals,  two silver and two bronze. W hile France had three gold and... Read more

FLASHQUOTES DAY 1

09/16/2017 | 09:28 am | in
FLASHQUOTES DAY 1 We don't want to forget the other gold medallists. Here are the quotes of all eight champions.  __gallery_1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8__ Read more

VAN KREVAL TAKES STYLISH GOLD ON OPENING DAY IN MARIBOR

09/15/2017 | 09:36 pm | in
VAN KREVAL TAKES STYLISH GOLD ON OPENING DAY IN MARIBOR A sparkling and uninhibited performance from 19-year old Larissa VAN KREVEL (NED) was the highlight of the opening day of competition as she won gold in the under 57kg category on the opening day of the Junior European Championships being staged... Read more